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Establishment Backed Candidate Wins Alaska GOP Senate Primary

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The last of the real battles of the 2014 primary Senate ended last night in Alaska with former State Attorney General Dan Sullivan beating Tea Party backed candidate, and 2010 Senate nominee, Joe Miller and Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell in what had been a tight three way race for much of the summer: FAIRBANKS, Alaska […]

Reporter James Foley Beheaded in ISIS Video

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American journalist James Foley has been beheaded by the terrorist network calling itself the Islamic State.

James Jeffords, Former Vermont Senator, Dies At 80

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James Jeffords, who represented Vermont as a Congressman and Senator for a combined total of more than 30 years but became famous,  or infamous depending on your point of view, when he left the GOP to caucus with Democrats as an Independent, has died at the age of 80: MONTPELIER, Vt. — Former Vermont U.S. […]

Ebola Death Toll In West Africa Hits 1,200

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The Ebola epidemic in western Africa continues to spread: LONDON — As West African nations grapple with the worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the death toll had exceeded 1,200 and announced increased efforts to forestall hunger in areas isolated by quarantine measures. The figure offered a […]

Watch your Mouth in North Augusta, SC

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Via WSPA:  SC mom arrested for using ‘F-word’ in grocery store in front of her kids Wolf, age 22, moved to South Carolina with her family 3 weeks ago but a night at a grocery store has her wanting to move back to Ohio. "He was like, ‘You’re under arrest’…right in front of kids, in […]

Fighting over Mosul Dam

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Via the BBC:  Iraq crisis: Military claims control of Mosul dam Iraqi military spokesman Lt-Gen Qassim Atta told state TV the dam – Iraq’s largest – had been "fully cleansed". Troops had been backed by a joint air patrol, he added, without specifying if there had been any US air strikes. However, journalists in the […]

Camo Covered Cops

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Mark Steyn, commenting on images of camo-wearing police in Ferguson: A soldier wears green camo in Vietnam to blend in. A policeman wears green camo in Ferguson to stand out – to let you guys know: We’re here, we’re severe, get used to it. [...] So, when the police are dressed like combat troops, it’s […]

A Disturbing Map (Militarization of the Police Edition)

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Via the  NYT:  Mapping the Spread of the Military’s Surplus Gear.

A Timely Thought On The Militarization Of Police Forces

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“There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state. The other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.”   – Cmdr. William Adama, Battlestar Galactica “Water” Season One, Episode 2

Nouri Al-Maliki Agrees To Step Aside

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has apparently agreed to abandon his bid to stay in power: BAGHDAD — Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki on Thursday night said he agreed to relinquish power, state television reported, a move that came after days of crisis in which Mr. Maliki’s deployment of extra security forces around the capital […]

Chuck Todd To Replace David Gregory On Meet The Press

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After months of declining ratings and rumors that David Gregory’s tenure as host of Meet The Press would be coming to an end, CNN is reporting that NBC will soon announce that Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd will be replacing Gregory as host: NBC will name Chuck Todd the new host of “Meet the Press” as […]

Fourth Circuit Refuses To Stay Ruling Against Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to stay the effect of its ruling striking down Virginia’s state Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: A federal appeals court panel refused to stay its decision striking Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, which means the unions could start next week absent further judicial action. Opponents of the law […]

Germany Ready To Take A Harder Line Toward Russia Over Ukraine?

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The New York Times’ Alison Smale notes that the Ukraine crisis seems to be finally causing the Germans to reconsider their country’s relationship with Russia: BERLIN — Over recent months, something significant has happened in Europe: In the crisis over Ukraine, Germany has assumed leadership not just in its familiar fashion of trying to coax Russia […]

Despite Pressure, Malaki Unwilling To Step Aside In Iraq

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Iraq continues to appear to be headed toward a political crisis, notwithstanding the fact that everyone seems to be trying to pressure Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step aside: BAGHDAD — Iran’s supreme leader threw his weight behind Iraq’s newly appointed prime minister Wednesday, but incumbent Nouri al-Maliki denounced efforts to oust him as “a […]

Screen Legend Lauren Bacall Dies At 89

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Lauren Bacall, who came to Hollywood as a young actress and went on to become one of the most iconic stars of its Golden Era, has died at the age of 89: Lauren Bacall, the actress whose provocative glamour elevated her to stardom in Hollywood’s golden age and whose lasting mystique put her on a […]

Alaskans Don’t Think Much Of Sarah Palin

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There ought to be no set of voters in the country who know Sarah Palin better than Alaskans. She was, after all, their Governor for just over two years before deciding to quit her job to become a star in reality television and political media, and she’s been something of a force in the Alaska […]

McConnell Has A Small Lead In Kentucky

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A new Public Policy Polling poll has Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell with a small lead over his Democratic challenger in what looks to be one of the few 2014 races where the GOP has to worry about defending a seat: PPP’s newest Kentucky poll finds Mitch McConnell taking a small lead, with 44% to […]

L.A. Clippers Officially Sold To Steve Ballmer

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The N.B.A. has announced that the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been completed: It’s official. Donald Sterling no longer owns the Los Angeles Clippers. The NBA sent out a news release this afternoon confirming the sale of the team to ex-Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer. It reads: […]

Muslim Brotherhood’s Political Party Banned

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Via the BBC:  Egypt court bans Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing Dissolving the Freedom and justice Party (FJP) was expected. The political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement can no longer compete in the next parliamentary elections, expected to be held before the end of this year. Its members can run either as individual candidates […]

Santos Sworn in

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Via the BBC from last week:   Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos sworn in. Santos was re-elected to a second term back in June and is the second Colombian president to be re-elected (after the constitution was reformed to allow Santos’ predecessor, Álvaro Uribe, to run for and win a second term). The main issue confronting […]

NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart Hits And Kills Driver In Apparent Accident

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Last night during a race in upstate New York, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit and killed another driver in an incident that seems bizarre from beginning to end: CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the track trying to […]

Hawaii’s Governor Loses Democratic Primary, Senate Primary Too Close To Call

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As I noted yesterday, both of the Democratic incumbents that faced primaries yesterday in Hawaii were at risk of losing. As things stand this morning, Governor Neil Abercrombie has lost his primary for a second term, and Senator Brian Schatz is locked in a tight battle with Congresswoman Colleen Hinabusa that could end up in […]

James Brady Death a Homicide

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Former Reagan speechwriter and gun control activist Jim Brady’s death has been ruled a homicide. No, there was no foul play involved—at least not recently.

SNL’s Victoria Jackson Loses Tea Party Bid

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Victoria Jackson has thus far been less successful in politics than her fellow SNL alum Al Franken.

Majority of Americans Disapprove Of The House’s Lawsuit Against Obama

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A new CBS News poll indicates that a majority of Americans disapprove of the House’s lawsuit against President Obama: Despite their reservations about the president, more Americans disapprove (54 percent) than approve (37 percent) of the lawsuit against Mr. Obama authorized by Republicans in the House of Representatives, which charges that the president exceeded his authority when […]

Lamar Alexander Easily Defeats Tea Party Backed Primary Challenger

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To nobody’s surprise, Lamar Alexander easily defeated his Tea Party backed challenger in yesterday’s Tennessee Republican Primary: NASHVILLE — Tennessee voters backed Senator Lamar Alexander against a Tea Party challenge and turned down an aggressive bid by conservatives and business interests to oust three members of the State Supreme Court in primaries on Thursday. Mr. […]

Senator John Walsh Drops Out Of Montana Senate Race Amid Plagiarism Allegations

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Just about a week after we learned that he had plagiarized a significant portion of an academic paper he wrote while at the Army War College, Senator John Walsh has dropped out of the race for Montana’s open Senate seat: HELENA — Sen. John Walsh said Thursday he is pulling out of the Senate race […]

Russia Extends Edward Snowden’s Asylum For Three More Years

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Edward Snowden will be allowed to stay in Russia for at least the next three years: MOSCOW — Edward J. Snowden, the American intelligence contractor who published a raft of secret documents and then fled to Russia, has been granted a three-year residence permit, his lawyer announced Thursday. Anatoly G. Kucherena, the lawyer, told a […]

Mike Huckabee: Obama Is “Worthy” Of Impeachment

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Mike Huckabee, who many believe is at least considering the possibility of running for President in 2016, is the latest Republican to mention the possibility of impeaching President Obama, and he isn’t rejecting the idea: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Monday said that he believes President Obama has committed many impeachable offenses. Iowa […]

Russia Imposes Sanctions Of Its Own

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In response to the multiple rounds of sanctions that the West has imposed in response to Russia’s actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, Russia has banned the importation of a broad range of Western food and agricultural products: MOSCOW — Russia announced on Thursday that it was banning the import of a wide range of […]

Utah Appeals Same-Sex Marriage Case To Supreme Court

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Utah’s Attorney General has appealed the 10th Circuit’s decision striking down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage to the Supreme Court: WASHINGTON—Utah officials on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could set the stage for the justices to decide whether gay couples have a constitutional […]

Pat Roberts Beats Back Tea Party Challenge In Kansas

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As expected, Senator Pat Roberts beat back a challenge from Tea Party backed Milton Wolf in yesterday’s Republican Senate Primary in Kansas: Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, aided by national Republican forces, beat back a tea party challenger Tuesday — effectively thwarting conservatives’ last, best hope to topple an incumbent GOP senator this year. With 95 percent of […]

The House GOP Can’t Even Agree On A Resolution Honoring Pope Francis

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House Republicans can’t even muster the votes to pass a banal resolution honoring Pope Francis: How partisan and unproductive is the current Congress? The epitome of its dysfunction may have arrived with last week’s wrap-up before a five-week summer recess, as House Republicans failed to pass their own scaled-back bill on the border children crisis on Thursday. Realizing […]

San Antonio Spurs Hire NBA’s First Full-Time Female Assistant Coach

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Yesterday, the San Antonio Spurs became the first NBA team to hire a woman as a full-time assistant coach: On Tuesday, the San Antonio Spurs announced the hire of Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, making her the NBA’s first full-time female coach. The 37-year-old will become the second woman to serve on the league’s coaching […]

Viet Xuan Luong Becomes First Vietnamese-American General

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Viet Xuan Luong pins on a brigadier general’s star today, becoming the first Vietnamese-American officer to achieve that rank.

U.S. Army General Killed, 15 Others Wounded, In Insider Attack In Afghanistan

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An American Army General has apparently been killed in an insider attack by someone dressed in an Afghan military uniform who opened fire at a base in Kabul: KABUL, Afghanistan — A United States Army major general was killed on Tuesday by an Afghan soldier, shot at close range at a military training academy on […]

James Brady, Former Reagan Press Secretary, Dies At 73

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James Brady, who served as President Ronald Reagan’s Press Secretary and became the symbol of the gun control movement after being shot during the assassination attempt on the President in March 1981, has died at the age of 73: James S. Brady, the often-irreverent press secretary to President Ronald Reagan who was shot in the […]

Virginia Marriage Case Headed To Supreme Court

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Not surprisingly, one of the Defendants in the challenge to Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban has announced their intention to appeal the 4th Circuit’s decision striking down the law to the Supreme Court: In Virginia, Michele B. McQuigg, who is the county clerk of Prince William County, a jurisdiction just south of Washington, D.C., asked the […]

Africa’s Ebola Crisis Hits 1,300 Cases

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With one of the Americans infected with the Ebola virus headed for Emory University’s hospital as we speak, we have reached the first time that a disease that has ravaged Africa in the past is being knowingly brought to North America. By all accounts, the steps that medical professionals are taking to ensure that the […]

Line of the Day (Immigration Reform Edition)

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“Having spent the summer howling about a catastrophe at the border, Republicans are now congratulating themselves for refusing to solve it.”—the NYT editorial board. In fairness, that sentence should read “some Republicans” (or, perhaps, the Tea Party faction), although in further fairness it does seem as if that faction is the one driving the party […]

Republicans Block Additional Funds To Israel For Iron Dome Over Deficit Concerns

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In a move you don’t see everyday, Senate Republicans blocked a measure that would have increased aid to Israel, specifically directed to the Iron Dome anti-missile shield, because of concerns about the deficit: In the end, the Senate couldn’t even agree to deliver emergency aid to one of the United States’ closest allies. A last-ditch effort to […]

Ugandan Anti-Gay Law Struck Down By Court

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A court in Uganda has declared that country’s controversial law against homosexuality, which has drawn widespread international condemnation, is unconstitutional: Uganda’s Constitutional Court has annulled tough anti-gay legislation signed into law in February. It ruled that the bill was passed by MPs in December without the requisite quorum and was therefore illegal. Homosexual acts were already […]

Senate Fails To Pass Its Own Border Crisis Bill

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While the House GOP Leadership found itself embarrassed yet again by Tea Party opposition to its own version of a border crisis bill, the Senate didn’t have any more luck getting a bill passed, thus ensuring that nothing will done by Congress until the recess ends after Labor Day: The Senate on Thursday blocked an emergency funding measure […]

Cantor Leaving Early

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Via the Richmond Times-Dispatch:  Cantor to resign from Congress Aug. 18 Cantor said he has asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election for his district that coincides with the general election on Nov. 4. By having a special election in November, the winner would take office immediately, rather than in January with the […]

Utah Blogger Fired for Homophonia

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The folks at the Nomen Global Language Center are not that adept with the local language. Paul Rolly reports for the Salt Lake Tribune: Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings — such as be and bee, through and threw, […]

Debt Default In Argentina

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To our south, the nation of Argentina has just defaulted on billions of dollars in loans thanks largely to a dispute with at U.S. hedge fund: The hedge fund firm of billionaire Paul E. Singer has about 300 employees, yet it has managed to force Argentina, a nation of 41 million people, into a position where it […]

Theodore Van Kirk, Last Surviving Member Of Enola Gay Crew, Dies At 93

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The last surviving member of the crew that piloted the Enola Gay on August 6, 1945 when it dropped the first atomic bomb used in war in history on Hiroshima, Japan, has died at the age of 93: Theodore (Dutch) Van Kirk, the navigator and last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay, the B-29 […]

Majority of Florida Voters Supports Marijuana Legalization

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In November, voters in Florida will be voting on a referendum on whether or not to legalize marijuana for medicinal uses, but a new poll indicates that a majority of Floridians support full legalization already: A majority of Florida voters support legalization of recreational marijuana, a new poll says. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, 55 […]

Chamber Of Commerce To Endorse Mary Landrieu In Louisiana Senate Race?

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been at the center of many of the “Establishment v. Tea Party” battles that we’ve seen during the 2014 primary season, generally backing incumbents and candidates closer to the traditional idea of Republican conservatism over candidates supported by Tea Party groups and national organizations such as FreedomWorks. The Chamber […]

Sarah Palin Launches Subscription Based Online TV Channel

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Sarah Palin is launching her own online channel: Sarah Palin says she’s fed up with traditional news media outlets. So she’s starting her own online channel. In a Sunday video, the former Republican vice presidential nominee announced the Sarah Palin Channel, a subscription-based Web site that she says will offer news, video chats with her and […]

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